Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Linked to Lily

Lily Langtry


All they had was their sexuality,
The ladies of Lily Langtry's day.
Brought up to be breeders
And socialites,
Those with ambition
Must have struggled under the yoke
Of inequality.
Lily was my husband's grandmother's cousin.
She was never spoken of
In the family.
After all,
She was a fallen woman.
And she 'fell' several times.
She was 'no better than she ought to be',
In the parlance of another age.
But note her lovers!
Not for her the tumble in the hay
With the local squire.
She consorted with the Prince of Wales.
She ended up a Lady.
She had beauty and charm;
She could sing and act;
She was, probably, intelligent.
But she was a woman.
All she had was her beauty.
Who knows what she might have achieved,
Had she lived today?

(An Acrostic suggested by Acrostics Only)

Everybody needs to learn
Denial's something we should spurn.
Understanding is admired!
Careful study is required!
All the teachers back through time
Tell us ignorance is crime.
If you laze your time away
Obviously, you will pay!
No good jobs, and a lowly station,
If you ignore your education!


rashmi said...

Nice poem dear.Just loved the way u wrote the story of lily.And how truely you have written about education...

Anonymous said...

Really this is cute poem..It has great details and yet it is easy to understand.That's what i was looking for. I will definitely share it with others.Thanks for sharing.